Monday, March 30, 2015

30/03/2015: Ugandan Government worried about reducing fish stocks

The Department of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has embarked on a rigorous mass awareness campaign, especially in fishing communities, on the need to conserve water bodies and avert the depletion of fish stocks in the various lakes, New Vision reports.

The Minister of State for Fisheries, Prof Zerubabel Mijumbi Nyiira said his ministry had put in place measures to revamp and sustain fish stocks in Uganda's water bodies through mass public awareness and education.
The move came at a time when the government was concerned with the increasing depletion of fish stocks thereby reducing drastically Uganda's export earnings from fish.

The minister said in the last five years, fish used to be Uganda's second highest foreign exchange earner after coffee but currently the sector is faced with reduction in fish stocks of commercial species due to over-exploitation, which includes fishing using banned gear.

"The ministry has put in place plans to address the challenges by instituting monitoring, controls and surveillance on the exploitation of the stocks and increasing the enforcement of laws and regulations," he said.

The minister was officiating at the 35th graduation ceremony of the Fisheries Training Institute in Entebbe where 133 students of two academic years graduated with diplomas and certificates in Fisheries Management and Technologies, Boat Building Technology and Marine Mechanics.

"People must be educated that illegal fishing depletes the fish stocks and affects the country's foreign income-earning. They should be ready to adopt new conservation measures like cage fishing," he said.

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